Ser­vices help deal with sport

South Western Times - - Sout West Academy Of Sport -

AT the South West Acad­emy of Sport, there is a team of sup­port ser­vice providers work­ing be­hind the scenes to help ath­letes en­hance their per­for­mance.

Among these is Bun­bury’s Dom Marzano, who of­fers a per­for­mance psy­chol­ogy ser­vice to teenagers in the acad­emy.

Through his work, Marzano helps young ath­letes with life­style changes, cop­ing skills, re­silience and men­tal tough­ness to ad­dress life and sports-re­lated chal­lenges.

A fo­cus is on help­ing with per­for­mance is­sues, cop­ing with com­pet­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing at a higher level, post-per­for­mance and event sup­port, as well as per­sonal is­sues linked to health, well­be­ing and team dy­nam­ics.

“These ser­vices and the other al­lied ser­vices SWAS pro­vides are im­por­tant to any­one who wants to im­prove their per­for­mance and well­be­ing, es­pe­cially ath­letes per­form­ing at this level,” Marzano said.

“Ath­letes are en­cour­aged to fo­cus on the process and ap­proach to per­for­mance.

“This is more likely to achieve a medal, rather than fo­cus­ing on win­ning and medal ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Marzano said he was pleased to be able to sup­port the re­gion’s young ath­letes through his in­volve­ment with SWAS.

“Peo­ple find mean­ing in dif­fer­ent things,” he said.

“I find my mean­ing in help­ing peo­ple over­come their men­tal health is­sues and ad­ver­sity, achiev­ing well­be­ing in their lives and striv­ing to reach their po­ten­tial.

“SWAS gives me this won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to help these young peo­ple and I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the priv­i­lege to be in­volved.”

Other sup­port ser­vices pro­vided by SWAS as part of its holis­tic ap­proach to ath­lete de­vel­op­ment in­clude ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­ogy, phys­io­ther­apy and nu­tri­tion.

Dom Marzano from Marzano Con­sult­ing Psy­chol­o­gists is an ad­vo­cate for phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, to help young ath­letes in the South West Acad­emy of Sport cope with the chal­lenges of elite sport.

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